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Keynes is back

The governments action against the economic consequences of the pandemic is testifying of a deep disruption in the principles which have been, for near half a century, the foundations of economic policy. They have put at the disposal of enterprises and employees the financing allowing them, for the time being, to cope with the activity fall and the employment cuts resulting from it. The State-guaranteed loans allowed banks to support their clients without taking themselves risk. Its taking of part-time unemployment benefits financing had the same purpose: they offered to enterprises the possibility to keep their employees without affecting the ...

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The Orsay Museum and the French industrial decline

We could ask ourselves what kind of link could exist between the debate generated by the project to rename the Orsay Museum with the name of the one who was its inspiration, Valery Giscard d’Estaing and the admission of the degradation  of the French research and industry achievements which is not new. All the same, this admission is real, it is coming from a long time ago and it emerges from one of the most anchored characteristics of the French society.

These who were opposing the change of the name put forward, and they won, that it was unfair ...

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The new role of the central banks

The progressive elimination of the borders for capital flows, since the end of the Eighties, had given to the central banks a major role in the elaboration and the implementation of the economic policies. At the origin, they were in charge of the supply of payments tools and of coming to help the States when these ones were going through a crisis or to finance a war effort.  The economists under Milton Friedman and the Chicago school aegis gave then to them a determining mission in the achievement of the major equilibriums. Through the management of the money supply, they ...

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The debt, always the debt...

The new restrictions decided by the French government do not constitute a true lockdown but they will weight again on economic activity. Household will spend less and enterprises won’t definitely see a signal encouraging them to invest. Growth, they are thinking at Bercy, wouldn’t be much impacted. Retail shops which must close in more than one third of the country will receive supports to go through that new ordeal but amounts are not considered as important enough to review budget forecasts. But all that will only increase public debt without the growth comeback generates enough resources to guarantee ...

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Le nouvel Etat-stratège

LE NOUVEL ETAT STRATEGELe dernier livre d'Alain Boublil, le nouvel Etat-statège (Editions de l'Archipel) est paru le 5 février 2014.

Le livre apporte les réponses de son auteur  à la question qui est, en France, au centre de tous les débats politiques: "Que peut-on attendre de l'Etat aujourd'hui ? " Et il formule plusieurs suggestions sur l'exercice du pouvoir tirées de son expérience passée auprès de François Mitterrand. Observateur de l'économie mondiale comme conseil des nombreuses grandes entreprises qui ont fait appel à lui, il trace un portrait de la France d'aujourd'hui bien moins pessimiste que ce que l'on entend parfois, à condition que chacun fasse preuve de lucidité sur ses propres comportements. 

Les exigences ont certes été exacerbées par la crise. Mais y faire face est de plus en plus difficile car l'écart s'est creusé entre les attentes de chacun et la réduction des marges de manoeuvres publiques du fait des règles internationales, de l'endettement et des contraintes environnementales.

En dix chapitres, Alain Boublil dresse un bilan sans complaisances, prend la mesure des possibilités et des limites de l'Etat et il ouvre des voies nouvelles pour l'action publique. Il évoque le sauvetage de l'euro, le fardeau de la dette et le ras-le-bol fiscal, l'Etat-patron de Colbert à Jean-Marie Messier, le retour du complexe vis-à-vis de l'Allemagne et les nouveaux outils de l'Etat-stratège dans la mondialisation face aux défis industriels, aux enjeux de la transition énergétique, à la "dictature du CO2" et à la révolution du gaz de schiste. Et il met en garde contre les dérives de l'Etat-spectacle, qui gènent l'efficacité de l'action publique et les facilités de l'Etat-guichet qui débouchent sur le clientélisme.

 

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